Mock SZN is in full swing baby! I saw a mock today by an unnamed site that had the Jets take WR N’Keal Harry third overall so let’s all drink up and cheers to the fact that never in a million years will I mock a receiver that early to this time! As a reminder, this was done on Fanspeaks model.
Round 1, Pick 3: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Outside of Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams is my top rated player in this years draft. Williams isn’t your typical run stuffing defensive tackle. He’s part of the new age interior defensive linemen that wreaks havoc in the passing game. (Think Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins and Fletcher Cox type DTs).
I am in no way comping Williams to Donald because nobody ever should be but he can’t be blocked one on one and he slips off double teams more easily than one should. He’s also effective in the run game, with his speed to the boundary being some of the fastest I’ve seen from an interior defensive lineman. Sign an edge, draft Williams and get after the quarterback.
Round 3, Pick 67: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
In the last two mocks, I’ve focused heavily on bolstering the offensive line for Sam Darnold. I won’t stop now. Cajuste looks like a plug and play type of tackle. He’s a mean, tough tackle that would be the start of giving this line some identity. He’s not as flexible as you’d like but he’s a tough SOB who has the ability to punish people at the second level.
Round 3, Pick 93: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
A 6’6″, 225 pound receiver who has 18 touchdowns over three seasons including nine this season? Yes please. Butler has an incredible frame and can make every type of catch you want a receiver to make. He’s also not afraid to use his size to his advantage and bully defenders.
Round 4, Pick 105: Ross Pierschbacher, G, Alabama
Pierschbacher is still a work in progress as he struggles some in pass pro. He excels in the run game, which is something the Jets have needed. If the Jets want to sign Le’Veon Bell or anything other running back, they’re going to need guys who can set up lanes in between the tackles. Pierschbacher is your guy.
Round 5, Pick 142: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
One of my favorite WRs in the class (and brother of Falcons standout rookie receiver Calvin Ridley), Riley Ridley just might be the better prospect of the brothers. He’s a smooth athlete with the ability to snatch the ball out of the air. He comes out of his routes with very good speed and has the size you want from an outside receiver (6’2″ 190 pounds). He’s not a Hakeem Butler type but in the fifth, you’re not going to find a better receiver.
Round 7, Pick 219: Jonathan Ledbetter, EDGE, Georgia
Taking an edge in the seventh and expecting some type of value goes against everything I believe in since Connor Rogers taught me you won’t find an elite edge after the first. Maybe the second round but never after that.
Ledbetter isn’t a top level NFL edge rusher. But with a seventh round pick, why not take a shot an SEC edge? He’s powerful and checks all of the boxes in terms of frame. Ledbetter is a leader on this great Georgia defense and with the right coaching could round into a third down headache.